Disco Biscuits Live at Starland Ballroom on 2009-09-12
- Disco Biscuits
02 Story of the World >
03 Helicopters (1) >
04 42 >
05 Story of the World
07 Stone >
08 Devil's Waltz
Disc 2 - Set 2
01 Uber Glue
03 Bazaar Escape (1) >
04 Save the Robots
05 New Song (2)
06 The Very Moon>
Disc 3 - Set 3 (Tractorbeam)
02 Confrontation >
03 Digital Buddha (1) >
04 The Great Abyss >
05 Mr. Don (1) >
07 -encore break-
08 E: Once the Fiddler Paid
(2) first time played
Thanks to Jon Goldberg and The Disco Biscuits for the guestlist spot
- CF> Sound Studio (compress, resample, dither) > xAct (align on sector boundaries, encode, tag, fingerprint)
- Sayreville, NJ
- Run time
- Taped by
- Jesse Hurlburt
- Starland Ballroom
Subject: 3 Stars.
Story > Helix > 42 > Story - Story starts out with a pretty generic trance jam. This doesn't really go anywhere for me, and sounds like just about every other Story from this year. I should say, however, that I love what Magner is playing in the 7th minute. Really interesting melody, but they don't really play off it enough. The Helix jam has some really neat stuff going on, maybe my favorite jam of the show. Some fantastic note selection from Barber here. There are a few different themed jams between Helix and 42, and they're all quite good. The jam out of 42 is thematic from the start, and is very good. Hard to say if I like this or the Helix jam more. This 42 jam is a straight up dance party onslaught, and the build up into Story is fantastic!
Rockafella - Good standalone version. Very solid psychedelic jamming from all four members.
Stone > DW - As it should be - beautiful.
Uber Glue & Konkrete - Standard
Bazaar Escape > Robots - So great to hear Bazaar being played again, and Barber does very well with it. Both jams in Robots are good, but not great.
Donde? - Really like this new song. No jam, but I like the potential here.
TVM > 42 - Boresville. Nice little intro jam in TVM, but the type 1 jam and the Very Funk > 42 are boring and go nowhere interesting.
Confro > Buddha > Abyss > Don > Confro - The Confro jam is generic trance and again goes virtually nowhere. The Buddha jam never seems to stray far from Buddha itself musically (Magner is still playing the "nobody recognize" rhythm 4 minutes into the jam), and this jam is AGAIN very generic. Not exactly a great start for Tractorbeam. The jam out of Abyss and into Mr. Don is fantastic, and Barber is playing a gorgeous riff throughout here. I swear that I've heard this melody before, so if anybody knows, please post it in your review. This is easily the highlight of the Tractorbeam set. The Gm > F#m jam is fairly similar to most recent Mr. Don's, nothing mindblowing here. The jam out of Don starts out fantastic, but gets a little more meh and predictable as they go on. The peak of Confro is neat, I love the way that Magner plays the chorus melody, and Barber harmonizes here perfectly.
Fiddler is as it usually is, standard.
I'm going to say 3 stars overall. In a 3 set show with 20 songs, there should be several epic jams to warrant a 5-star review, or at least 2 or 3 per set. This show would have been close to 2 stars for me, but given the appearance of Stone > DW, Bazaar, and Donde, I'll forgive the lack of next level jams a little bit.
If you're looking for jams, pick up Helix > 42 > Story, Rockafella, and Abyss > Don.
I liked how they got into the live trance groove almost right away with the first track. I don't really care too much for their vocals, so I was psyched at how much instrumental jamming there was, and they covered so much ground!
Thanks for uploading this show, look forward to re-living!
Subject: Bringin the heat
2nd set was prob my least favorite but had an incredibly intense robots right in the middle, and I was hitting myself when I found out I was outside for most of Very Moon (such a pleasant song!).
Tractorbeam set was amazing, hands down. First time I've heard this kind of set, and it was also the first confrontation I experienced. And I personally think the Fiddler encore was great cause they don't play that song enough and its a really beautiful song.
As for the members, I think Magner and Brownie were solid throughout. Barber did great as well but I almost felt like he was going for a more distorted sound because the notes weren't exactly crisp, but he was shredding it out even during background jams.
No one song was the cream of the crop, but as a whole the show was very solid and energetic and there wasn't anything lackluster in the slightest.
PROPS TO THE LIGHTNING FAST POST!!
Subject: Starland Night 1
Set I started off really good with SOTW, and within a few short minutes they were already getting the crowd going. Already you could tell the band was going to be on point with everything the whole night. >Helicopters was done flawlessly with no flubs which was great. Allen was REALLY killing it last night. The 42 was alright, a bit more relaxed than usual but that's alright because I wanted to hear that for awhile anyway. Rockafella kinda seemed rushed in the sense that usually the dark and dirty jam comes much later than 4 minutes into the song. Still I love the heavy synth/bass sound in the jam. Stone>Waltz was a HUGE treat, although it's only 13 minutes long together. Definitely could have been longer with more jamming, but nonetheless it was good.
Set II started off with a short but experimental Uber Glue. The use of the samples was amazing and REALLY added to the song, I'm glad Magner is getting more comfortable with them. Konkrete which isn't an amazing song definitely got me more into this song last night. For once they did something a little bit more interesting. I wouldn't say they were really jamming but I liked it better than the other two times before it. Bazaar Escape was fun but really there was nothing amazing about it. Robots was especially fun and I can't see why people are complaining. It's not the be Robots but it sure as hell wasn't bad by any means. When they first started playing the next song I knew right away it was a new song. It started off reminding me of "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden but then I could start hearing the Hip-Hop influences in it. I can definitely tell the new album is going to have a bunch of variety in their songs. I'm interested to hear more new songs now. The scat section was REALLY fucking cool, another good use of samples (may have been pre-programmed like the COTE jam). TVM was nothing special, just a nice relaxed point of the set back into 42 to end the set.
Set III was the Tractorbeam set to end off the night. At 3:00 into the song you knew the set was going to be amazing, start to finish. >Buddha was excellent with some amazing on point jamming with the whole band. You could hear the Great Abyss slowly by slowly creeping up from Buddha and the crowd was getting pumped for this. The jam into Mr. Don was really cool with some cool jamming going on in the beginning into the song and then into the always dark and dirty end jam. After this they go back into Confrontation to end the set which was alright, nothing amazing. The encore was Once The Fiddler Paid and it was alright, nothing special but it was certainly fun hearing it.
Overall the show was great, it had a variety of songs new and old and they were pretty on point the whole show keeping the energy going. Can't wait for tonight, thanks to the taper for upping this so fast. See you all at Slayreville!
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